Benjamin Franklin is widely credited with saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
Among the reasons clients utilize trusts as their estate planning tool of choice are: avoiding probate, maintaining privacy, or minimizing income and estate taxes. The primary attraction, typically, is the desire to maintain direction and control over assets after they pass.
To make it possible for voluntary retirement savings to keep up with inflation, the various numerical limits embedded within qualified retirement plans are indexed for inflation.
The new year is a perfect time to review and update your financial resolutions. Here are some things to consider as you plan for 2021 and beyond.
It doesn’t matter what your financial status is or if you’re married, single, or have children. A will is a necessity.
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A study of adult development has been carried out at Harvard for roughly the last century. Three groups have been tracked: 268 Harvard graduates born about 1920; 90 middle-class gifted women born about 1910; and 456 social disadvantaged men from inner cities born about 1930. Some of the results of the study were reported in Business Insider.
As important as estate planning is, that has long been a hard sell for most Americans. A 2017 survey by Caring.com revealed that only 42% of U.S. adults had a will or a living trust in place.
More than 400,000 long-term-care insurance policies were sold in 1992, according to figures published by The Wall Street Journal. These are the policies that help seniors cover the costs of nursing home stays at the end of life. At least 400,000 additional policies were purchased each year in the subsequent ten years, peaking at about 750,000 in 2002.Then sales collapsed, and never again reached the 400,000 level. Last year, reportedly only 66,000 such policies were sold. The need for long-term-care insurance has never been greater. What happened to the market?